#AdventuresAroundAustin: 3 Fall Foodie Finds

by Marika Flatt and Dana Maass on October 8, 2021 in Food+Drink, Austin,

Dine and play like a local!

We’re featuring some of the best food finds around the city. Get a taste of some of the delicious wine, espresso-based drinks and Tex-Mex that Austin has. Bonus: Adventures nearby included.

The sunset over Lady Bird Lake from the Ann Richards bridge in downtown Austin is a draw for locals and visitors alike. Photo Adrian N on Unsplash

Salt & Time

Salt & Time is a walk-up cafe on the edge of Republic Square Park in the heart of downtown Austin. Courtesy photo

With gourmet coffee drinks, smoothies, and fresh breakfast sandwiches luring you down the sidewalk to their downtown location at Republic Square at West 5th and San Antonio Streets, Salt & Time Cafe invites you to eat sustainably and start your morning off right in the ATX. 

Surrounding the adorable walk-up eatery, you will find outdoor tables, a pleasant park/green space alive with positivity, and even a Farmer’s Market on Saturdays. Opt for grab-and-go for a breakfast picnic, and head to Auditorium Shores before hitting the hike-and-bike trail or heading to Lady Bird Lake (We recommend Capital Cruises for lake fun).  

Get your grab-and-go from Salt & Thyme and head to the park, lake or trail, some of the many nearby Austin attractions. Photo Karsten Winegeart on Unsplash

Breakfast To Go

Order up a breakfast sandwich filled with pasture-raised eggs and savory salted meats sourced from Texas ranchers, or satisfy your sweet tooth with their warmly toasted bread pudding. Salt & Time appeals to vegetarians with their avocado toast and house-made yogurt with granola parfaits. The piping hot (or iced) lattes, chai tea or espresso are sure to energize your morning. 

At Salt & Time, you’ll find a wide selection of sandwiches for breakfast and lunch, as well as fine artisan foods, coffee, beer and wine. Courtesy photo

Open seven days a week starting at 8 am, Salt & Time Cafe serves guests until 6 pm Sunday through Thursday and 8 pm on Friday and Saturday nights. 

Revelry Kitchen + Bar

At Revelry Kitchen + Bar in East Austin, the Wings + Waffles comes loaded with 6 chicken lollipop wings, a toasty belgian waffle, bacon-sriracha maple glaze and garlic herb butter. Courtesy photo

Cajun meets Tex-Mex at this funky little East 6th grill and bar, combining a soulfully artsy vibe with a casual patio bar and grill as high on flavor as character. The signature drink changes regularly and arrives with a cute little rubber duckie, the darling of the Revelry cocktail. For this visit, a refreshing frozen blueberry lemonade hit the spot. 

Let the Good Times Roll

When the banner hanging on Revelry’s patio states, “Best Gumbo in Austin,” fans of iconic Louisiana cuisine stand at attention and jump at the chance to affirm such a claim.  After one sample, this Louisiana native wasted no time finishing the bowl. Other menu heroes elevating pub grub to greater heights include the green chile queso and housemade chips, fried Brussels dressed in maple and bacon, and Bavarian pretzels that melt in your mouth with sides of spicy mustard and pimento cheese. 

What goes better with warm pretzels than cold beer on tap? With a Mardi Gras of options from the bar, Revelry covers all the beer bases. 

When you’re in Austin, tacos are a must. Photo courtesy Revelry Kitchen + Bar

Tacos Y Mas

Try an order of tacos with crispy redfish dusted in Cajun spices or carne asada marinated in chili-lime flavors and fire-roasted chipotle salsa on the side. Jay Lee’s Korean BBQ Grilled Cheese is served on sourdough bread with spicy kimchi and a sweet soy marinated ribeye steak grilled to perfection. 

Late Night Revels

Happy hour at buzzing East Austin’s Revelry Kitchen + Bar is Tuesday through Friday, 4 pm-7pm. Stop by on Saturday or Sunday for the Funday Brunch with music, mimosas and more. Courtesy photo

Revelry is the place to go after a night of…well, revelry. For Friday and Saturday, closing time is listed as “late,” so grab your friends and a patio table to (as they say in the Big Easy) “laissez les bon temps rouler.”  If late-night eating is not your jam, then be sure to visit for Revelry’s Saturday and Sunday Funday brunch (starting at 11 am). 

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar

There are a total of seven Texas locations of Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar (2 in Austin, 3 in Houston, 1 in Plano/Dallas and 1 in San Antonio). 

This high-end steakhouse’s fall features (through November 22) include Filets of Fall and Uncorked. Enjoying this experience requires very little decision-making. Basically, once you pick your choice of three proteins as your entree, you’re done. Leave the rest to them and they will dazzle you. 

The Filets of Fall new 3-course menu features a seasonal Harvest Salad to start, a tender, hand-cut Filet Mignon topped with your choice of sauce and then a Sticky Date pudding for dessert. Photo courtesy Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar

Be Our Guest

As we were seated for Fillets of Fall, the tablescape for the wine tasting (with note cards and glasses), the table sprinkled with silver decoration, and the starter of warm bread and seasonal butters (pumpkin spread and Champagne-infused brie), I could almost hear the “Be Our Guest” song from “Beauty and the Beast.” 

The new Filets of Fall offering is a three-course menu that features a choice of three topped filets (the average price is $65 per dinner). 

Small But Mighty

You get to choose between three entrees, ranging from Petite Filet Mignon & Korean Style Bulgogi Beef to a Petite Filet Mignon & Sauce Robert or the Petite Filet Mignon & Savory Crab-Stuffed Shrimp. Wrap it all up with a dessert of Sticky Date Pudding — deliciousness on a plate! 

Join Fleming’s for a red wine tour through California with the Uncorked Wine Experience. Try two distinctive pinot noirs from Belle Glos, a Böen pinot noir that perfectly expresses a farmer’s labor of love and a cabernet sauvignon from Quilt that features the patchwork of six wine growing regions. Photo courtesy Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar

Wine and Dine

Pair the Fillets of Fall dinner with Fleming’s unique Uncorked wine tasting, which allows guests to sip through four featured wines (with the purchase of an entree for the very reasonable cost of $28). The four California wines include Boen (pinot noir), Balade by Belle Glos (pinot noir), Belle Glos (pinot noir) and Quilt (cabernet sauvignon), a personal favorite. Uncorked can be paired with the Filets of Fall menu or with an entree from Fleming’s regular dinner menu for dine-in only.

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Cover photo courtesy Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse

Marika Flatt is the Travel Editor of Texas Lifestyle Magazine and was named “Outstanding Austin Communicator” 2021 by Women Communicators of Austin. Flatt has been the voice of the Weekend Trip Tips on NPR’s Texas Standard for nearly five years and is a regular travel contributor to TV shows across the state. 

Dana Maass is a contributing writer, occupational therapist, and dog mom in Round Rock. Also an Airbnb host, she is a lover of travel, food & wine, nature, sports, theatre, and community service. Maass volunteers with Sacred Heart Community Clinic and co-facilitates the “Still Standing” amputee support group, through St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center.